2019 Fantasy Football Playoff Primer

AEE Fantasy Football Playoff Primer

The playoffs are officially here for the majority of fantasy football leagues and if you made it this far, congratulations are in order.

However, one cannot rest on one’s laurels and now the moves you make will be more critical than ever to ensure your success. To start, here’s a quick shot of advice for those with a bye week during the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Bye Week Management

  1. Manage your weaknesses: This is your chance to scout your weaknesses and pick up players that have good matchups next week, even if they have terrible matchups this week. This gives you a distinct advantage when selecting free agent acquisitions, as you can afford to hold them for a week to see how they play.
  2. Set up your defense: In the same vein as the previous entry, you can stack your defenses for the next few matchups. If you are able to, line up two defenses to play in weeks 15 and 16, allowing yourself maximum flexibility at the defensive fantasy spot.
  3. Tinker tailor soldier spy: Use this time to tinker with your lineup combinations to examine your maximum projected output. Design your team around the weaknesses of your expected opponent to maximize your chances to win.

Here is a ranking breakdown of the best players available in my opinion, in order of which guys I’d start.

QB Ranking

  1. Kirk Cousins vs Lions
  2. Lamar Jackson @ Bills
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs Redskins
  4. Russell Wilson @ Rams
  5. Deshaun Watson vs Broncos
  6. Jared Goff vs Seahawks
  7. Ryan Tannehill @ Raiders
  8. Patrick Mahomes @ Patriots
  9. Jameis Winston vs Colts
  10. Kyler Murray vs Steelers
  11. Josh Allen vs Ravens
  12. Matt Ryan vs Panthers
  13. Tom Brady vs Chiefs
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Jets
  15. Devlin Hodges @ Cardinals
  16. Sam Darnold vs Dolphins
  17. Philip Rivers @ Jaguars
  18. Jimmy Garrapolo vs Saints
  19. Baker Mayfield vs Bengals
  20. Kyle Allen @ Falcons
  21. Drew Brees vs 49ers
  22. Eli Manning @ Eagles
  23. Jacoby Brissett @ Buccaneers
  24. Derek Carr vs Titans
  25. Andy Dalton @ Browns

RB Ranking

  1. Christian McCaffrey @ Falcons
  2. Nick Chubb vs Bengals
  3. Derrick Henry @ Raiders
  4. Alexander Mattison vs Lions
  5. Aaron Jones vs Redskins
  6. Leonard Fournette vs Chargers
  7. Mark Ingram vs Bills
  8. Chris Carson @ Rams
  9. Benny Snell @ Cardinals
  10. Todd Gurley vs Seahawks
  11. Sony Michel vs Chiefs
  12. Josh Jacobs vs Titans
  13. Le’Veon Bell vs Dolphins
  14. Alvin Kamara vs 49ers
  15. Saquon Barkley @ Eagles
  16. Austin Ekeler @ Jaguars
  17. Devonta Freeman vs Panthers
  18. Derrius Guice @ Packers
  19. Kareem Hunt vs Bengals
  20. Philip Lindsay @ Texans
  21. Miles Sanders vs Giants
  22. Melvin Gordon @ Jaguars
  23. Marlon Mack @ Buccaneers
  24. James White vs Chiefs
  25. Joe Mixon @ Browns
  26. Raheem Mostert @ Saints
  27. Jamaal Williams vs Redskins
  28. Carlos Hyde vs Broncos
  29. Ronald Jones vs Colts
  30. Duke Johnson vs Broncos
  31. Devin Singletary vs Ravens
  32. Tevin Coleman @ Saints
  33. Kenyan Drake vs Steelers
  34. Rashaad Penny @ Rams
  35. LeSean McCoy @ Patriots

WR Ranking

  1. Michael Thomas vs 49ers
  2. Davante Adams vs Redskins
  3. Mike Evans vs Colts
  4. Deandre Hopkins vs Broncos
  5. Julio Jones vs Panthers
  6. Tyreek Hill @ Patriots
  7. Julian Edelman vs Chiefs
  8. Keenan Allen @ Jaguars
  9. Chris Godwin vs Colts
  10. DJ Chark vs Chargers
  11. DJ Moore vs Falcons
  12. Courtland Sutton @ Texans
  13. Stefon Diggs vs Lions
  14. Kenny Golladay @ Vikings
  15. Marvin Jones @ Vikings
  16. Tyler Lockett @ Rams
  17. Cooper Kupp vs Seahawks
  18. Odell Beckham vs Bengals
  19. Alshon Jeffery vs Giants
  20. Calvin Ridley vs Panthers
  21. Devante Parker @ Jets
  22. Robert Woods @ Seahawks
  23. Tyler Boyd @ Browns
  24. DK Metcalf @ Rams
  25. Robby Anderson vs Miami
  26. Curtis Samuel @ Falcons
  27. Terry McLaurin @ Packers
  28. Emmanuel Sanders @ Saints
  29. AJ Brown @ Raiders
  30. Deebo Samuel @ Saints
  31. Christian Kirk vs Steelers
  32. Jamison Crowder vs Dolphins
  33. Will Fuller vs Broncos
  34. Darius Slayton @ Eagles
  35. Dede Westbrook vs Chargers
  36. Sammy Watkins @ Patriots
  37. Mike Williams @ Jaguars
  38. Tyrell Williams vs Titans
  39. Golden Tate @ Eagles
  40. Zach Pascal @ Buccaneers
  41. Sterling Shepard @ Eagles
  42. Auden Tate @ Browns

TE Ranking

  1. Travis Kelce @ Patriots
  2. Jack Doyle @ Buccaneers
  3. Mark Andrews @ Bills
  4. Darren Waller vs Titans
  5. Austin Hooper vs Panthers
  6. Zach Ertz vs Giants
  7. George Kittle @ Saints
  8. Evan Engram @ Eagles
  9. Hunter Henry @ Jaguars
  10. Ryan Griffin vs Dolphins
  11. Darren Fells vs Broncos
  12. Kyle Rudolph vs Lions
  13. Dallas Goedert vs Giants
  14. Tyler Higbee vs Seahawks
  15. Mike Gesicki @ Jets
  16. Jacob Hollister @ Rams
  17. Noah Fant @ Texans
  18. Jimmy Graham @ Redskins
  19. Vance McDonald @ Cardinals
  20. Dawson Knox vs Ravens

DEF Ranking

  1. Vikings vs Lions
  2. Steelers @ Cardinals
  3. Packers vs Redskins
  4. Browns vs Bengals
  5. Ravens @ Bills
  6. Colts @ Buccaneers
  7. Texans vs Broncos
  8. Panthers @ Falcons
  9. Buccaneers vs Colts
  10. Jets vs Dolphins
  11. Eagles vs Giants
  12. Jaguars vs Chargers
  13. Chargers @ Jaguars
  14. Raiders vs Titans
  15. Titans @ Raiders
  16. Cardinals vs Steelers
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